NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to jail an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani while he awaits trial, saying he lied about his wealth when he negotiated his bail.
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas and his wife Svetlana arrive at United States Courthouse in Manhattan, New York City, New York, December 2, 2019.REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
The prosecutors said in a motion filed in Manhattan federal court that Lev Parnas, who is charged with campaign finance crimes, poses an “extreme risk of flight.”
Parnas, a U.S. citizen who was born in Ukraine, was released on bail after his arrest in October and has been living under house arrest in Florida.
Joseph Bondy, a lawyer for Parnas, said he would respond to the prosecutors in a court filing.
Parnas was charged alongside another Florida businessman, Belarus-born Igor Fruman, with illegally funneling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians. Both men have…